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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: Coco Crisp exits after wall collision

By on 8/30/2014 10:00:00 AM

Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp left Friday night's game with the Los Angeles Angels after crashing into the wall in an attempt to rob Chris Iannetta of a home run. Initial indications are that Crisp sustained a neck strain. It took a few minutes for Crisp to gather himself, but he eventually walked off the field under his own power.'s Jane Lee notes that it is too early to tell how long Crisp may have to sit out, but with injuries already keeping Sean Doolittle, John Jaso, Nick Punto, and Jed Lowrie off the field, this is not the time for the Athletics to lose another key player for any length of time. Lee quoted pitcher Jon Lester agreeing with that assertion: Said Lester,
"Hopefully it's not too long. He hit the wall hard and he hit the ground hard. We all know that he's struggled in the past with some neck stuff, so hopefully he didn't aggravate that too bad and, best-case scenario, it's only a couple days or a day, I don't know. But we can't afford to lose a guy like that for too long."
At this point, the Athletics Injury Report lists Crisp as day-to-day. Some good news also comes from the report: Doolittle is due back before mid-September, and Jaso, Punto, and Lowrie are all due back within a week barring any setbacks.

The Angels lead Oakland by three games in the A.L. West as play begins on August 30. Beginning Saturday, the two teams still play each other five more times. Barring a major collapse for either team, both will make the postseason. The question is which will win the division and which will take the top wild card.

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